Businesses are crying out for help but the SNP is refusing to listen

‘Small businesses sit at the heart of local economies and with the right support they will flourish… a wealthier Scotland with lower local tax and our small businesses freed from the burden of business rates and able to grow.’ Where did this bold paean to free enterprise and limited government spring from? The leader column […]

John Bercow must be saved from the paroxysms of Parliament’s angry men

John Bercow is a curious little poppet.  He’s come a long way since his spotty days of undergraduate hangem’n’floggery in the Federation of Conservative Students, an organisation banned by Norman Tebbit for being too right-wing. Today he’s more likely to be found welcoming one acronym or another to Parliament or accosting the word ‘progressive’ and […]

Sorry, First Minister, you don’t hold all the cards on indyref2

That’s it then, lads. Run down the Union Jack and up with the white flag. Faced with the dread prospect of another independence referendum, a gloom is settling over Unionist Scotland. The nationalists were only just subdued last time around; now they’re back and, armed with Brexit, certain to win. This year, Last Night of […]

It’s time for real liberals (not ones with lazy protest slogans) to stand up

I won’t be taking up a placard against Donald Trump.  The last time I marched was against the war in Iraq in 2003. At the end, I apologised to a police officer for the litter we’d left behind.  And while I understand why they’re taking to the streets to vent their frustration, I can’t help but detect […]

SNP tried to silence me. And their freedom to bully, vilify and malign is a chilling glimpse of one-party Scotland

The rise of nationalism around the world is a shocking, disorienting experience. Mainstream politics is under threat like at no time since the 1930s. Demagogues are coming to power, journalists face intimidation, once sturdy institutions and assumptions are collapsing like derelict tower blocks. The political character of entire countries is transforming almost overnight. Nowhere is […]